Aquamarine With Schorl
Small Cabinet, 7.6 x 7.6 x 5.5 cm
Erongo Mountain, Usakos District, Erongo Region, Namibia
A straight-up 5.6 x 1.6 x 1.2-cm aquamarine, with robust blue color, hits you in the eyes as the dominant part of this specimen. It rises from a base of contrasting white albite nesting around the bottom termination, and contrasts then with the schorl and smaller aquamarines on the knoll of matrix which sits behind. The top of the termination is gemmy, and the whole crystal quite glassy by the standards of this locality. Some of the smaller flanking aquamarines (under 1 cm) are broken off at their tips, but this main crystal is pristine and also freestanding. In person, it is obviously more 3-dimensional than it can appear in a photo - the crystal looks pushed out and forward, remarkably preserved attached to the matrix. One of the more dramatic examples for overall geometry.